The Observer

Brick + Mortar build exciting return to weekly Spot Nights

Despite some awkward moments, Brick + Mortar headlined an energetic show at the first Spot Night of the semester.

Anne Nickoloff, Director of Print

January 22, 2016

With the beginning of the spring semester came the beginning of weekly University Program Board’s Spot Night. On Friday, Jan. 15, indie rock band Brick + Mortar headlined the late night concert, preceded by opener TriHearn. The entire show rolled off at 10 p.m. and TriHearn played their set, which...

Kodaline is a master of all trades

Kodaline performed at the House of Blues in Cleveland.

Sierra Cotton, Staff Reporter

October 9, 2015

The powerful notes of Kodaline’s opening song rang out into the House of Blues following the opening band’s finale, and a new energy erupted from the crowd. At the beginning of the concert, I was wary about whether or not I would like it. Good Old War’s opening was certainly something different....

“Alive right here, right now”

Walk the Moon and The Griswolds put on a colorful show at the House of Blues to a sold-out crowd of teenagers and college students.

Anne Nickoloff, Arts & Entertainment Editor

April 9, 2015

At the Cleveland House of Blues last Friday, April 3, lines of face-painted teens and 20-somethings stood in line in a light Cleveland drizzle, waiting to get inside for a sold-out show featuring Walk the Moon and opener The Griswolds. Some face paint was smudged, some remained intact. Everyone squeezed...

Of Montreal bring glitter and glam to Beachland Ballroom

Of Montreal put on a psychedelic show, with an emphasis on fashion and stage lighting.

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

March 19, 2015

Queen’s Freddie Mercury once said, “A concert is not a live rendition of our album. It's a theatrical event. I have fun with my clothes onstage; it's not a concert you're seeing, it's a fashion show.” Somewhere along the line in their career, of Montreal decided to adopt this mentality, treating...

Wednesday night dance party


Anne Nickoloff, Arts & Entertainment Editor

February 20, 2015

At the end of the RJD2 concert last Wednesday, Feb. 11, RJD2 (aka Ramble Jon Krohn) stepped down from the stage, slapping hands and thanking his loyal Case Western Reserve University audience. Sweat trickled down his face. The room started to clear, guests walking out with glow sticks wrapped around...

Kicking and singing

Anne Nickoloff, Arts & Entertainment Editor

January 30, 2015

You don’t know what it’s like to feel crushed at a concert, until a large man wearing a studded vest tries to crowd surf, and slams down onto you instead. This was experienced by much of the audience at the Authority Zero/Reel Big Fish/Less Than Jake show last Friday, Jan. 23. Between “Sellout” and a cover ...

Bearded band’s mayhem at Grog Shop

Mike Suglio, Staff Reporter

December 5, 2014

The impressively bearded band Four Year Strong took the Grog Shop’s stage to a roaring crowd after three other punk rock bands opened for them. Thursday, Nov. 20 was another stop for the band on its “Go Down in History Tour,” and as soon as the band began to play, mayhem ensued. Within minutes...

Shaggtasic evening at the Grog Shop

Mike Suglio, Staff Reporter

November 21, 2014

This past wintery Sunday night had the Grog Shop toasty with summer Reggae by early 2000’s favorite, Shaggy. Case Western Reserve University students and fellow Clevelanders waved their hands in the air, like they didn’t care, as they sang with Shaggy to popular tunes, such as “It Wasn’t Me”...

More than just a show

Fitz and the Tantrums

Anne Nickoloff, Arts & Entertainment Editor

November 14, 2014

Singer Noelle Scaggs flung up her arms, fingers touching to form the outline of a heart above her head. Behind her, the massive neon heart, an emblem from the cover of the band’s latest album, lit up with a bright white glow. The audience responded with hearts of their own, cheering on Fitz and the...

Case Western Reserve University's independent student news source
concert review